We've all heard the horror stories of cashiers that think it's your privilege that you are graced with their presence. All those that turn from neutral to vicious at the sighting of a coupon. Or, a personal favorite, the ones that act liek you're taking $$ from their paycheck with each coupon you redeem.

This is not a story about any of those. I found a rare, almost extinct breed. The friendly, amused cashier. At Jewel, I was shopping with DaMama & a friend of ours, grabbing stuff for each of us, and getting some coupons spent and some cats rolling. Normally, when you reach a self checkout with 3 ladies chattering excitedly and giggling, each with a fully loaded shopping cart - you are asking for trouble.

Not so. At Jewel, since they have stopped taking expired coupons (huge bummer, I know) the cashiers have to scan all coupons at the end of your order. You can't even scan them yourself. This cashier, after the 3 rd time she had to come over and scan our coupons, she laughed and asked "How many more you got?" I grinned sheepishly and said, "7? Is that alright?" The cashier smiled, laughed and said, "I just wanted to know how far away to be, you ladies really seem to have this worked out."

My friend & DaMama took turns bagging while I scanned each order. I'd unload the next order from the cart while I waited for the sweetest cashier in the world to come and scan our coupons. The cashier chatted with me while I unloaded, scanned, calculated, and sorted the coupons. She joked with us, said she had never seen such organized chaos. I pointed out quickly that I was chaos, the other two were organized.

We were having such a good time chatting that we almost hated to leave. Almost. But, alas, that Jewel was out of Golden Grahams and we had found another store nearby (5-6 miles away) that was fully stocked. With all the coupons printing at the register (including 4 - $1.50/3 GM cereals), we would have been remiss not to hit the second store for goodies.

I'll post the total listing of what we got later today, but 17 transactions were done in less than 3 hours! Good thing we weren't shopping hungry - I'd hate to see what that had been like!
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5 Responses
  1. I think w/ my personality, even before being a couponer, I would have been like this cashier. I've always been such a nice person at work :)

  2. frugalsuz Says:

    That's so great! Its such a refreshing change to get a friendly, coupon-lover cashier like this. :)

  3. Precious Says:

    It is so nice that you got such a great cashier.

  4. Kristin Says:

    So nice to here a good customer service story. I thought it was a dying art.

  5. I found a great cashier at Walmart - she even asked for one of my cards when she pointed out all I was getting for FREE. It was fun! :-) I just found your blog! :-)

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